Appreciating the Culture of Ravenna: The Local Path Coffee House Meeting

With the occasion of 700th anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14th of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.

With the occasion of 700th anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14th of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.


Trainings to strengthen Civil Society Organisations capacities in France and Tunisia

ALDA is extremely proud to make part in the Anna Lindh Virtual Marathon for Dialogue with the project “Cross Border cooperation to strengthen the decentralisation process in response to the Covid-19 Crisis”.

Indeed, the whole month of June ALDA and its trainers have been engaged in the delivery of trainings and capacity buildings on advocacy techniques and communication tools to French and Tunisian civil society organisations.

The trainings were held respectively by Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, and Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department of ALDA.

Support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process.

While the overall objective of the project was to shed light on the different roles of stakeholders in decentralisation, paying a particular attention to the part played by the State in these kinds of processes, the trainings aimed at providing local organisations with tools and knowledge to promote decentralisation and democratic principles in their local context.

As a result, the associations involved will have to launch an advocacy campaign through short video pills promoting democracy, rule of law, conflict resolution and culture of peace.

As mentioned, the reason of this action was to support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process. One of the priorities, indeed, is to clarify the role of the State in the whole process of decentralisation, since many municipalities gave up the process because of political conflicts and lack of interest and involvement.

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To know more about Anna Lindh Foundation, check the website

ALDA is extremely proud to make part in the Anna Lindh Virtual Marathon for Dialogue with the project “Cross Border cooperation to strengthen the decentralisation process in response to the Covid-19 Crisis”.

Indeed, the whole month of June ALDA and its trainers have been engaged in the delivery of trainings and capacity buildings on advocacy techniques and communication tools to French and Tunisian civil society organisations.

The trainings were held respectively by Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, and Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department of ALDA.

Support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process.

While the overall objective of the project was to shed light on the different roles of stakeholders in decentralisation, paying a particular attention to the part played by the State in these kinds of processes, the trainings aimed at providing local organisations with tools and knowledge to promote decentralisation and democratic principles in their local context.

As a result, the associations involved will have to launch an advocacy campaign through short video pills promoting democracy, rule of law, conflict resolution and culture of peace.

As mentioned, the reason of this action was to support Tunisia in addressing the problems encountered during its decentralisation process. One of the priorities, indeed, is to clarify the role of the State in the whole process of decentralisation, since many municipalities gave up the process because of political conflicts and lack of interest and involvement.

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To know more about Anna Lindh Foundation, check the website


Working Groups: a fresh new start

An intense week of events, conferences and debates marked the second half of June 2021. Thus, ALDA, in the occasion of its General Assembly week, launched its seven Working Groups (WGs) on:

  1. Democracy and Local Development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalisation;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Eastern Partnership/Russia and Central Asia Cooperation;
  6. South-Eastern Europe Cooperation and
  7. Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation

Thus, members’ participation and active engagement has always been a pillar within ALDA’s mission. With the creation of these seven clusters of interests, the idea is to foster dialogue and knowledge sharing among experts and professionals. Serving as a platform to develop ideas and valuable content, while starting from local experiences and  perceptions; WGs are more far-reaching. Thus, the latter are intended to have an impact at European level, such as: by supporting the digitalisation process within Europe; raising awareness as far as the environment concerns; and promoting exchange of good practices related to local governance.

The importance not only of the thematic themselves, but also the necessity to start at local level to then tackle the European one

Besides, thanks to its long experiences, ALDA has also defined three WGs on specific geographic areas in which it has great expertise on – be they Eastern Partnership, Russia and Central Asia cooperation; South-Eastern Europe Cooperation (SEE) and Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation (MEA). Hence, within ALDA there are three specific departments working on the above-mentioned areas; therefore the association is very much pleased to exchange on that, always looking at mutual sharing and growth.

Last but not least, considering the role of ALDA both as part of the Civil Society Convention; and as an interlocutor with the private sectors (especially within some projects such as SMELT )the association has considered the creation of a specific Working Group in order to empower cooperation between Civil Society Organisations and profit entities, while promoting fair and inclusive economic activities.

Considering the relevance of these Working Groups, their meetings are also visible on the Conference on the Future of Europe platform, so that to stress, once again, the importance not only of the thematic themselves, but also the necessity to start at local level to then tackle the European one.

An intense week of events, conferences and debates marked the second half of June 2021. Thus, ALDA, in the occasion of its General Assembly week, launched its seven Working Groups (WGs) on:

  1. Democracy and Local Development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalisation;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Eastern Partnership/Russia and Central Asia Cooperation;
  6. South-Eastern Europe Cooperation and
  7. Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation

Thus, members’ participation and active engagement has always been a pillar within ALDA’s mission. With the creation of these seven clusters of interests, the idea is to foster dialogue and knowledge sharing among experts and professionals. Serving as a platform to develop ideas and valuable content, while starting from local experiences and  perceptions; WGs are more far-reaching. Thus, the latter are intended to have an impact at European level, such as: by supporting the digitalisation process within Europe; raising awareness as far as the environment concerns; and promoting exchange of good practices related to local governance.

The importance not only of the thematic themselves, but also the necessity to start at local level to then tackle the European one

Besides, thanks to its long experiences, ALDA has also defined three WGs on specific geographic areas in which it has great expertise on – be they Eastern Partnership, Russia and Central Asia cooperation; South-Eastern Europe Cooperation (SEE) and Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation (MEA). Hence, within ALDA there are three specific departments working on the above-mentioned areas; therefore the association is very much pleased to exchange on that, always looking at mutual sharing and growth.

Last but not least, considering the role of ALDA both as part of the Civil Society Convention; and as an interlocutor with the private sectors (especially within some projects such as SMELT )the association has considered the creation of a specific Working Group in order to empower cooperation between Civil Society Organisations and profit entities, while promoting fair and inclusive economic activities.

Considering the relevance of these Working Groups, their meetings are also visible on the Conference on the Future of Europe platform, so that to stress, once again, the importance not only of the thematic themselves, but also the necessity to start at local level to then tackle the European one.


Digitalisation and the future of Europe – DIGITAL project in the spotlight

Not only migration. The whole General Assembly week was marked by several discussions concerning the issue of digitalisation, digital transformation, and the impact of new technologies in the lives of citizens and in democratic processes.

Such topics were mainly discussed through the project DIGITAL – Supporting democratic union and active citizenship in digital era during the two events which took place on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 23 June.

Both happening online, the Opening session and the first webinar of the 4th international event titled “The Future is Digital”, were deeply linked to the Conference on the Future of Europe with insights aimed at analysing how the digital revolution we are living will, eventually, affect democracy.

After an introduction by Lisy Piter, ALDA and DIGITAL project manager, panelists – Virgilio Dastoli, President of the European Movement Italy, Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General and Gilles Pelayo, Head of Units, Europe for citizens programme – EACEA – focused on the challenges addressed by digitalisation to the European Union and its functioning, on one side and the strengths such a transformation is bringing in terms of services’ improvement in the everyday life of European citizens, on the other.

The speakers from the second webinar – Rait Pihelgas, Member of the European Committee of the Regions; Ruth-Marie Henckes, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator – European Partnership for Democracy; David Frautschy Heredia, Director for European Government and Regulatory Affairs – Internet Society; Sofia Caiolo, Project Management Coordinator of ALDA-focused on the future and the impact of the current digital revolution on the citizens, civil societies organization and the European Union (see the Agenda)

The whole General Assembly week was marked by several discussions concerning the issue of digitalisation, digital transformation, and the impact of new technologies in the lives of citizens and in democratic processes

On  Thursday 23 June, the participants were invited to an overview on 3 topics linked to the digital revolution: Youth, Local authorities and Food.

The second day was divided into three webinars. The first one, “A youth digital future” – with  Francesca Passudetti, Head of the Italian Y20 delegation and delegate of Young Ambassadors Society; Thomas Trevisan, Membership Officer – Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Brussels; and Janis Fifka, International board member of European Youth Parliament – opened dialogue among civil society organisations working with young people, to understand their vision on a digital future where youth would represent the prevalent stakeholder.

Consequently during the second webinar of the day, the talk shifted to a more practical and broader level, addressing citizens as a whole, to investigate how local authorities are exploiting new technologies to improve the lives of citizens in terms of services’ accessibility. Jonathan Wofsy, Maire de Chevry-cossigny (France) and Pascal Goergen, Alderman for Citizen Participation, Civil Status, Population, Digital Transition, Digitalisation, International Relations and Partnerships of the municipality of Grez- Doiceau (Belgium) were presented in the discussion to share with us their experiences (see the Agenda)

Digital food: a more sustainable food on our plates? Was the topic of the last part, to investigate how new technologies can support the establishment of a more sustainable pattern, limiting or cancelling the negative footprint our production and consumption models have on the environment. Helping us in understanding the issue there were Isabelle Albert, Autor of  “Tech it green. Transformation numérique et transition écologique : construire la double révolution du 21e siècle”, COO of Satgana,  Doris Marquardt, Programme officer from the European Commission in Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development – Unit B2 – Research and Innovation, Isabelle Piot-Lepetit, Economist at INRAE (l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique) and Deputy Director of the InstitutConvergences Agriculture Numérique, and Sébastien Weykmans, Managing Director of WalDigiFarm.

Not only migration. The whole General Assembly week was marked by several discussions concerning the issue of digitalisation, digital transformation, and the impact of new technologies in the lives of citizens and in democratic processes.

Such topics were mainly discussed through the project DIGITAL – Supporting democratic union and active citizenship in digital era during the two events which took place on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 23 June.

Both happening online, the Opening session and the first webinar of the 4th international event titled “The Future is Digital”, were deeply linked to the Conference on the Future of Europe with insights aimed at analysing how the digital revolution we are living will, eventually, affect democracy.

After an introduction by Lisy Piter, ALDA and DIGITAL project manager, panelists – Virgilio Dastoli, President of the European Movement Italy, Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General and Gilles Pelayo, Head of Units, Europe for citizens programme – EACEA – focused on the challenges addressed by digitalisation to the European Union and its functioning, on one side and the strengths such a transformation is bringing in terms of services’ improvement in the everyday life of European citizens, on the other.

The speakers from the second webinar – Rait Pihelgas, Member of the European Committee of the Regions; Ruth-Marie Henckes, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator – European Partnership for Democracy; David Frautschy Heredia, Director for European Government and Regulatory Affairs – Internet Society; Sofia Caiolo, Project Management Coordinator of ALDA-focused on the future and the impact of the current digital revolution on the citizens, civil societies organization and the European Union (see the Agenda)

The whole General Assembly week was marked by several discussions concerning the issue of digitalisation, digital transformation, and the impact of new technologies in the lives of citizens and in democratic processes

On  Thursday 23 June, the participants were invited to an overview on 3 topics linked to the digital revolution: Youth, Local authorities and Food.

The second day was divided into three webinars. The first one, “A youth digital future” – with  Francesca Passudetti, Head of the Italian Y20 delegation and delegate of Young Ambassadors Society; Thomas Trevisan, Membership Officer – Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Brussels; and Janis Fifka, International board member of European Youth Parliament – opened dialogue among civil society organisations working with young people, to understand their vision on a digital future where youth would represent the prevalent stakeholder.

Consequently during the second webinar of the day, the talk shifted to a more practical and broader level, addressing citizens as a whole, to investigate how local authorities are exploiting new technologies to improve the lives of citizens in terms of services’ accessibility. Jonathan Wofsy, Maire de Chevry-cossigny (France) and Pascal Goergen, Alderman for Citizen Participation, Civil Status, Population, Digital Transition, Digitalisation, International Relations and Partnerships of the municipality of Grez- Doiceau (Belgium) were presented in the discussion to share with us their experiences (see the Agenda)

Digital food: a more sustainable food on our plates? Was the topic of the last part, to investigate how new technologies can support the establishment of a more sustainable pattern, limiting or cancelling the negative footprint our production and consumption models have on the environment. Helping us in understanding the issue there were Isabelle Albert, Autor of  “Tech it green. Transformation numérique et transition écologique : construire la double révolution du 21e siècle”, COO of Satgana,  Doris Marquardt, Programme officer from the European Commission in Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development – Unit B2 – Research and Innovation, Isabelle Piot-Lepetit, Economist at INRAE (l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique) and Deputy Director of the InstitutConvergences Agriculture Numérique, and Sébastien Weykmans, Managing Director of WalDigiFarm.


Migrants’ inclusion at the core of ALDA General Assembly week

Among others, two projects had a particular relevance during the whole ALDA General Assembly week.

Tackling two key topics also addressed by the Conference on the Future of Europe, namely migration and digital transformation, the spotlight was on the projects LIME – Labour Inclusion for Migrants’ Employment and DIGITAL – Supporting democratic union and active citizenship in digital era.

After the official opening event, the BUK Festival of Modena hosted an interactive panel discussion on the “Roles and responsibilities of migrants inclusion in the labour market”. The event was opened by Dolinda Cavallo, LIME project manager, who gave an overview of the overall project’s achievements and illustrated the MEIC methodology. MEIC – Migrants Economic Migration Cluster aims at facilitating the inclusion of Third Country Nationals into the labour market based on a multi-stakeholder approach and the creatin of cluster networks.

Education, training and employment are at the core of the program, thus we really hope LIME project and its result will give a tangible contribution towards the achievement of the set goals

Following, the public in presence and the audience online listened to the experiences of Francesca Capuozzo, activist and lawyer, who gave an overview on the national and European policies on the matter. The last two speeches were held by Elena Tanzi, member of the Volunteer Association “Porta Aperta Modena” and Francesca Dallatana, managing the training and job placement area of Ciac Onlus Association.

On Monday June 21st, online this time, we had the chance to participate to the LIME final conference: after 2 years of activity the project, led by CIES onlus, came to its end. The event was introduced by ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, who presented the main results and saw the participation of numerous keynote speakers.

Among them we underline the participation of some of the project’s beneficiaries who presented their experience as part of pilot projects implemented in Rome (Italy). Whithin this framework they attended a series of training on soft-skills improvement and entrepreneurship thanks to which they succeeded in finding a job

Finally, we highlight the intervention of Angelique Petrits, European Commissioner Policy Officer, who described the newly implemented action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-2027. Education, training and employment are at the core of the program, thus we really hope LIME project and its result will give a tangible contribution towards the achievement of the set goals!

Check the Agenda of the event.

Among others, two projects had a particular relevance during the whole ALDA General Assembly week.

Tackling two key topics also addressed by the Conference on the Future of Europe, namely migration and digital transformation, the spotlight was on the projects LIME – Labour Inclusion for Migrants’ Employment and DIGITAL – Supporting democratic union and active citizenship in digital era.

After the official opening event, the BUK Festival of Modena hosted an interactive panel discussion on the “Roles and responsibilities of migrants inclusion in the labour market”. The event was opened by Dolinda Cavallo, LIME project manager, who gave an overview of the overall project’s achievements and illustrated the MEIC methodology. MEIC – Migrants Economic Migration Cluster aims at facilitating the inclusion of Third Country Nationals into the labour market based on a multi-stakeholder approach and the creatin of cluster networks.

Education, training and employment are at the core of the program, thus we really hope LIME project and its result will give a tangible contribution towards the achievement of the set goals

Following, the public in presence and the audience online listened to the experiences of Francesca Capuozzo, activist and lawyer, who gave an overview on the national and European policies on the matter. The last two speeches were held by Elena Tanzi, member of the Volunteer Association “Porta Aperta Modena” and Francesca Dallatana, managing the training and job placement area of Ciac Onlus Association.

 

On Monday June 21st, online this time, we had the chance to participate to the LIME final conference: after 2 years of activity the project, led by CIES onlus, came to its end. The event was introduced by ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, who presented the main results and saw the participation of numerous keynote speakers.

Among them we underline the participation of some of the project’s beneficiaries who presented their experience as part of pilot projects implemented in Rome (Italy). Whithin this framework they attended a series of training on soft-skills improvement and entrepreneurship thanks to which they succeeded in finding a job

Finally, we highlight the intervention of Angelique Petrits, European Commissioner Policy Officer, who described the newly implemented action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-2027. Education, training and employment are at the core of the program, thus we really hope LIME project and its result will give a tangible contribution towards the achievement of the set goals!

Check the Agenda of the event.


Endorsement of the Civil Society Convention into the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Over the last few months, ALDA, along with 75 membership-based organisations working at the pan-European level, has been actively working towards developing a Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe serving as a key interlocutor with the EU institutions conveying the voice of citizens and civil society within the Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE).

These efforts have finally been acknowledged by the CoFoE executive board. While within the Convention work is well underway and members are about to undertake an extensive consultation campaign across their constituencies – reaching out to millions of citizens in all areas of life: from education to culture, social inclusive, environment, governance and transparency – without clear sight on the follow-up and consideration these major takeaways would be given to the CoFoE, the latter has just been officially endorsed to seat in the Plenary.

Plenary chairs have offered 5 out of the 8 seats reserved for civil society representatives to the Convention members

Indeed, the Plenary chairs have offered 5 out of the 8 seats reserved for civil society representatives to the Convention members, especially those of the Steering Committee ALDA is part of, to contribute to the meetings & debates alongside citizens and representatives from the others bodies and institutions involved.

This initiative, in addition to granting recognition to the work carried out by the Convention, demonstrates genuine consideration of the role of civil society as a representative of the citizens’ voice.

We invite all European associations and organisations to keep up with the Convention’s work and agenda, which beyond this ongoing representation, will ensure to deliver strong inputs upon the CoFoE conclusion.

Last but not least, ALDA is very pleased to inform you that, whether you are a single citizen, a CSO or a Local Municipality you can join us and be an active player within the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Over the last few months, ALDA, along with 75 membership-based organisations working at the pan-European level, has been actively working towards developing a Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe serving as a key interlocutor with the EU institutions conveying the voice of citizens and civil society within the Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE).

These efforts have finally been acknowledged by the CoFoE executive board. While within the Convention work is well underway and members are about to undertake an extensive consultation campaign across their constituencies – reaching out to millions of citizens in all areas of life: from education to culture, social inclusive, environment, governance and transparency – without clear sight on the follow-up and consideration these major takeaways would be given to the CoFoE, the latter has just been officially endorsed to seat in the Plenary.

Plenary chairs have offered 5 out of the 8 seats reserved for civil society representatives to the Convention members

Indeed, the Plenary chairs have offered 5 out of the 8 seats reserved for civil society representatives to the Convention members, especially those of the Steering Committee ALDA is part of, to contribute to the meetings & debates alongside citizens and representatives from the others bodies and institutions involved.

This initiative, in addition to granting recognition to the work carried out by the Convention, demonstrates genuine consideration of the role of civil society as a representative of the citizens’ voice.

We invite all European associations and organisations to keep up with the Convention’s work and agenda, which beyond this ongoing representation, will ensure to deliver strong inputs upon the CoFoE conclusion.

Last but not least, ALDA is very pleased to inform you that, whether you are a single citizen, a CSO or a Local Municipality you can join us and be an active player within the Conference on the Future of Europe.


Integration of young third country nationals through cluster networks: how to get at the European level?

On June 9th, ALDA held its 4th and International Capacity Building Workshop within LIME project. The aim of this online event was to discuss the following topic “Migrants’ Labour inclusion: Networks, Cluster Activation and Consolidation” at the European level. In order to do so, various speakers from Italy, Spain, France and Belgium took the floor to discuss two main topics:

  • The self-entrepreneurship and how to set-up a business;
  • The vocation training for migrants’ labour inclusion into the labour market.

Dolinda Cavallo, Project Manager of the LIME project at ALDA, moderated the event, making it participatory and alive through interactions; exchange of ideas;  and sharing of experiences from the participants especially as far as migrants’ labour inclusion concerns.

Besides, the workshop was also the opportunity to discover the LIME project in detail. Loredana Gionne, Head of Cooperation and Co-development Department from CIES Onlus, presented the project, the partners and the two pilot actions in Spain and Italy. The latter two countries highlighted the following good results:

  • In Madrid: 49 participants were trained in the catering sector, 10 were involved in the training on the job, 7 had a job contract after the training. In the end, 14 beneficiaries have found a job without the training on the job!
  • In Rome: 28 participants were trained in the soft skills, 5 trained in technical skills, 12 involved in the training on the job; 14 were involved in the enterprise path, 1 got involved in the national civilian service and last but not least, 1 start-up was established!

The event was the occasion to present the “MEIC - Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology”

Afterwards, the event was also the occasion to present the “MEIC – Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology” implemented in these two pilot projects and set up within the scope of the LIME project. Considering that half of the participants were not familiar with the concept of cluster and more particularly the “cluster network”, Folco Cimagalli, Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations at LUMSA University presented this paramount notion to promote the swift integration of migrants into the labour market. The presentation focused especially on how the pilot actions in Rome and Madrid implemented this concept and established sustainable clusters of private and public stakeholders.

Moreover, Rossana Cerbone from Confcooperative Roma tackled the issue of “Self-entrepreneurship and social enterprise”, by explaining the methodology and the training path developed by her association. During the pilot action in Rome, Confcooperative Roma identified two main start-ups that could turn into reality: a pastry shop and a cooperative. Specifically, Confcooperative Roma helped them to draft a business plan and to implement their projects. Besides, based on these two examples, the Cooperative illustrated the reasons why migrants should start their own businesses, and more particularly cooperative.

More into depth, access to funding represents a effective tools to allow migrants to create their own start-ups. This specific topic was discussed by David Taquin, from MicroStart. Thus, he introduced the work and missions of MicroStart in helping migrants to create their business while having access to funding. MicroStart works to overcome these obstacles through the implementation of supporting tools, individual coaching sessions, interest-free microcredits, and much more. In order to do so, Microstart has developed partnerships with several public and private stakeholders; which again highlights the importance of networks.

As above-mentioned, the second part of the event focused on “Vocational Training & Migrants labour inclusion into the labour market”. Ivan Toscano, from Cnos Fap, addressed the need to endorse a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach, while emphasising the potential of VET to foster third country nationals integration. Similarly, Margherita Valori from CIES Onlus illustrated the “good labour insertion methodologies”, insisting  on the use of a narrative and biographical approach when it comes to migrants’ labour inclusion. Furthermore, in order to guarantee the effectiveness of interventions, the following aspects are needed: monitoring actions, direct assistance actions, preventive actions, tutoring, and individual coaching.

The discussion then tackled the second country earlier-mentioned: Spain. Berta Ruisanchez from the Spanish association Pinardi, addressed the role of enterprises in improving the migrants’ labour inclusion, and how companies and NGOs should work hand in hand. She presented the toolkit developed by the association in order to raise awareness among enterprises about migrant workers, and to fight stereotypes that often appear as major obstacles to their good integration.

From Spain to France, we met Chloé Schmitt from Kodiko and discovered their “refugee-employee” co-training programme in companies. While presenting their approach, she also emphasised the importance of raising awareness among enterprises and providing them training about stereotypes, cultural differences, etc, and to link their actions with the concept of corporate sustainability and responsibility. The work of Kodiko relies on strong partnerships with enterprises, institutional actors and other NGOs; which was a perfect example of a cluster network.

To conclude the workshop, Cristiana Di Pietro from LUMSA University introduced the EU recommendation paper they will draft, and reminded us how these types of  workshops and shared moments are paramount to better understand how the model of cluster network can be improved and thus better used in the future to promote the swift integration of third countries nationals into the labour market.

ALDA is very pleased to host the LIME Project next meeting within its General Assembly week from June 19th until 25th 2021

On June 9th, ALDA held its 4th and International Capacity Building Workshop within LIME project. The aim of this online event was to discuss the following topic “Migrants’ Labour inclusion: Networks, Cluster Activation and Consolidation” at the European level. In order to do so, various speakers from Italy, Spain, France and Belgium took the floor to discuss two main topics:

  • The self-entrepreneurship and how to set-up a business;
  • The vocation training for migrants’ labour inclusion into the labour market.

Dolinda Cavallo, Project Manager of the LIME project at ALDA, moderated the event, making it participatory and alive through interactions; exchange of ideas;  and sharing of experiences from the participants especially as far as migrants’ labour inclusion concerns.

Besides, the workshop was also the opportunity to discover the LIME project in detail. Loredana Gionne, Head of Cooperation and Co-development Department from CIES Onlus, presented the project, the partners and the two pilot actions in Spain and Italy. The latter two countries highlighted the following good results:

  • In Madrid: 49 participants were trained in the catering sector, 10 were involved in the training on the job, 7 had a job contract after the training. In the end, 14 beneficiaries have found a job without the training on the job!
  • In Rome: 28 participants were trained in the soft skills, 5 trained in technical skills, 12 involved in the training on the job; 14 were involved in the enterprise path, 1 got involved in the national civilian service and last but not least, 1 start-up was established!

The event was the occasion to present the “MEIC - Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology”

Afterwards, the event was also the occasion to present the “MEIC – Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology” implemented in these two pilot projects and set up within the scope of the LIME project. Considering that half of the participants were not familiar with the concept of cluster and more particularly the “cluster network”, Folco Cimagalli, Full Professor of Sociology of Migrations at LUMSA University presented this paramount notion to promote the swift integration of migrants into the labour market. The presentation focused especially on how the pilot actions in Rome and Madrid implemented this concept and established sustainable clusters of private and public stakeholders.

Moreover, Rossana Cerbone from Confcooperative Roma tackled the issue of “Self-entrepreneurship and social enterprise”, by explaining the methodology and the training path developed by her association. During the pilot action in Rome, Confcooperative Roma identified two main start-ups that could turn into reality: a pastry shop and a cooperative. Specifically, Confcooperative Roma helped them to draft a business plan and to implement their projects. Besides, based on these two examples, the Cooperative illustrated the reasons why migrants should start their own businesses, and more particularly cooperative.

More into depth, access to funding represents a effective tools to allow migrants to create their own start-ups. This specific topic was discussed by David Taquin, from MicroStart. Thus, he introduced the work and missions of MicroStart in helping migrants to create their business while having access to funding. MicroStart works to overcome these obstacles through the implementation of supporting tools, individual coaching sessions, interest-free microcredits, and much more. In order to do so, Microstart has developed partnerships with several public and private stakeholders; which again highlights the importance of networks.

As above-mentioned, the second part of the event focused on “Vocational Training & Migrants labour inclusion into the labour market”. Ivan Toscano, from Cnos Fap, addressed the need to endorse a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach, while emphasising the potential of VET to foster third country nationals integration. Similarly, Margherita Valori from CIES Onlus illustrated the “good labour insertion methodologies”, insisting  on the use of a narrative and biographical approach when it comes to migrants’ labour inclusion. Furthermore, in order to guarantee the effectiveness of interventions, the following aspects are needed: monitoring actions, direct assistance actions, preventive actions, tutoring, and individual coaching.

The discussion then tackled the second country earlier-mentioned: Spain. Berta Ruisanchez from the Spanish association Pinardi, addressed the role of enterprises in improving the migrants’ labour inclusion, and how companies and NGOs should work hand in hand. She presented the toolkit developed by the association in order to raise awareness among enterprises about migrant workers, and to fight stereotypes that often appear as major obstacles to their good integration.

From Spain to France, we met Chloé Schmitt from Kodiko and discovered their “refugee-employee” co-training programme in companies. While presenting their approach, she also emphasised the importance of raising awareness among enterprises and providing them training about stereotypes, cultural differences, etc, and to link their actions with the concept of corporate sustainability and responsibility. The work of Kodiko relies on strong partnerships with enterprises, institutional actors and other NGOs; which was a perfect example of a cluster network.

To conclude the workshop, Cristiana Di Pietro from LUMSA University introduced the EU recommendation paper they will draft, and reminded us how these types of  workshops and shared moments are paramount to better understand how the model of cluster network can be improved and thus better used in the future to promote the swift integration of third countries nationals into the labour market.

ALDA is very pleased to host the LIME Project next meeting within its General Assembly week from June 19th until 25th 2021


ALDA, BUK Festival and Modena Municipality together to promote culture in Europe

On the occasion of the opening event of the 2021 edition of the BUK Festival, held on Saturday 19th June at “Laboratorio Aperto – Ex AEM” in Modena; ALDA – together with the European Federalist Movement and the European Planning Office of the Municipality of Modena – tackled the issue of culture in the European context. Culture as an added value, as a transversal value that unites, that creates future. Precisely the latter was a key aspect of the debate: considering the Conference on the Future of Europe as an opportunity to write together the Europe of tomorrow.

Panelist of the conference, moderated by Francesco Zarzana – Artistic Director of BUK festival and Vice-President ALDA, were:

  • Antonella Valmorbida – Secretary General of ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy;
  • Giorgio Anselmi – President of the European Federalist Movement and the Institute of Federalist Studies “Altiero Spinelli”;
  • Antonella Buja – Head of the European Projects Office, International Relations and Coordination of Complex Projects of the Municipality of Modena; and
  • Giuseppe Caruso – Senior Project Manager Office for European Projects, International Relations and Coordination of Complex Projects of the Municipality of Modena.

Culture as an added value, as a transversal value that unites, that creates future

The four speakers shared the vision according to which culture, be it the common past or the shared present, representS for Italy and for Europe itself a source of rebirth and a stimulus to create a unitary European future.

Thus culture, brilliantly expressed by the many small and medium-sized publishers active at the local level and participating at BUK Festival, opens up to the European context.

Moreover, on the occasion of the opening event, ALDA welcomed the Municipality of Modena as its new member, and thanked Andrea Bortolamasi – Councillor for Culture, Municipality of Modena, for the valuable contribution given to the opening conference of the BUK Festival.

The latter, finally, marked the start of the 2021 ALDA General Assembly. The next events on the calendar, live-streamed from the different ALDA venues, such as Strasbourg and Brussels, will focus on the European context, the Conference on the Future of Europe, and its many facets: from digital to migration.

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ALDA General Assembly – Programme

BUK Festival – Programme

Municipality of Modena

On the occasion of the opening event of the 2021 edition of the BUK Festival, held on Saturday 19th June at “Laboratorio Aperto – Ex AEM” in Modena; ALDA – together with the European Federalist Movement and the European Planning Office of the Municipality of Modena – tackled the issue of culture in the European context. Culture as an added value, as a transversal value that unites, that creates future. Precisely the latter was a key aspect of the debate: considering the Conference on the Future of Europe as an opportunity to write together the Europe of tomorrow.

Panelist of the conference, moderated by Francesco Zarzana – Artistic Director of BUK festival and Vice-President ALDA, were:

  • Antonella Valmorbida – Secretary General of ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy;
  • Giorgio Anselmi – President of the European Federalist Movement and the Institute of Federalist Studies “Altiero Spinelli”;
  • Antonella Buja – Head of the European Projects Office, International Relations and Coordination of Complex Projects of the Municipality of Modena; and
  • Giuseppe Caruso – Senior Project Manager Office for European Projects, International Relations and Coordination of Complex Projects of the Municipality of Modena.

Culture as an added value, as a transversal value that unites, that creates future

The four speakers shared the vision according to which culture, be it the common past or the shared present, represent for Italy and for Europe itself a source of rebirth and a stimulus to create a unitary European future.

Thus culture, brilliantly expressed by the many small and medium-sized publishers active at the local level and participating at BUK Festival, opens up to the European context.

Moreover, on the occasion of the opening event, ALDA welcomed the Municipality of Modena as its new member, and thanked Andrea Bortolamasi – Councillor for Culture, Municipality of Modena, for the valuable contribution given to the opening conference of the BUK Festival.

The latter, finally, marked the start of the 2021 ALDA General Assembly. The next events on the calendar, live-streamed from the different ALDA venues, such as Strasbourg and Brussels, will focus on the European context, the Conference on the Future of Europe, and its many facets: from digital to migration.

 

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ALDA General Assembly – Programme

BUK Festival – Programme

Municipality of Modena


Ukraine: Platform for Good Governance and Environmental Protection

ALDA is very pleased to share updated information on the implementation of the project within the programme “Platform for Good Governance and Environmental Protection”, financed by UNDP Ukraine.

Froom a broad perspective, the overall aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the institutional capacity of:

  • Local authorities;
  • Representatives of civil society organisations of pilot communities in community governance, public influence on decision-making, and
  • Implementation of good governance policy using the principles of participatory democracy.

More into depth, the project envisages the delivery of 12 trainings and 12 round tables. Starting with the topic of the first training, the latter took place on June 14th -16th and it was entitled “Introduction of e-democracy in local governance and receiving feedback from the community”.

The overall aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the institutional capacity

The training was attended by 22 representatives from the Local Public Authorities of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine and by representatives of Civil Society Organisations. Representatives from:

  • UNDP Ukraine;
  • Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast Administrations and
  • ALDA

were among keynote speakers. As far as the second topic concerns, be it Good governance: clear and transparent reporting by local authorities”, the training was attended by 21 representatives from the same territorial communities.

Overall, training sessions are based on relevant examples from international and national practice, focused on the development of professional competencies of local authorities’ leaders such as: leadership and effective team management skills; the ability to identify problems and set tasks for their solution using tools of time and crisis management. Moreover, throughout the project, each participant has to work on one idea or project (success story) s/he is willing to implement in his/her communities. In order to develop this tasks, participants will be assisted by trainers during the Coaching Sessions, providing also practical advice.

Antonella Valmorbida – Secretary General – and ALDA will also support participants by providing valuable knowledge and tools, while leading several trainings, happening at the beginning of July. This is just the beginning of a great project, more updates in the upcoming months.

ALDA is very pleased to share updated information on the implementation of the project within the programme “Platform for Good Governance and Environmental Protection”, financed by UNDP Ukraine.

Froom a broad perspective, the overall aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the institutional capacity of:

  • Local authorities;
  • Representatives of civil society organisations of pilot communities in community governance, public influence on decision-making, and
  • Implementation of good governance policy using the principles of participatory democracy.

More into depth, the project envisages the delivery of 12 trainings and 12 round tables. Starting with the topic of the first training, the latter took place on June 14th -16th and it was entitled “Introduction of e-democracy in local governance and receiving feedback from the community”.

The overall aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the institutional capacity

The training was attended by 22 representatives from the Local Public Authorities of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine and by representatives of Civil Society Organisations. Representatives from:

  • UNDP Ukraine;
  • Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast Administrations and
  • ALDA

were among keynote speakers. As far as the second topic concerns, be it Good governance: clear and transparent reporting by local authorities”, the training was attended by 21 representatives from the same territorial communities.

Overall, training sessions are based on relevant examples from international and national practice, focused on the development of professional competencies of local authorities’ leaders such as: leadership and effective team management skills; the ability to identify problems and set tasks for their solution using tools of time and crisis management. Moreover, throughout the project, each participant has to work on one idea or project (success story) s/he is willing to implement in his/her communities. In order to develop this tasks, participants will be assisted by trainers during the Coaching Sessions, providing also practical advice.

Antonella Valmorbida – Secretary General – and ALDA will also support participants by providing valuable knowledge and tools, while leading several trainings, happening at the beginning of July. This is just the beginning of a great project, more updates in the upcoming months.


The Europe we want

Join ALDA for being involved in the Conference on the Future of Europe 

This year, on May 9th we celebrated the “Europe Day”, but that day also marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable happenings of our democratic history: the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), with an opening session held – in hybrid format – at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg.

Yet, what is the Conference on the Future of Europe?

The Conference (CoFoE) represents the opportunity for all European citizens to discuss and debate on both challenges and priorities, and discuss on the future path that Europe should follow. Thus, the idea behind it is that all three institutions – be they European Parliament; Council and Commission – will listen to European citizens, their ideas and proposals as far as the future of Europe concerns.

Still one question remains: “How can people actively join the Conference?”

Based on a bottom-up and citizens-oriented approach, citizens can both take part in several conferences and events, divided into topics. Starting from the multilingual digital platform citizens will have the possibility to share their ideas; organise events while joining some of them already available at the participatory space online.

More, the European citizens’ panels, organised by the European Commission, will bring together representatives in terms of citizens’ age, socioeconomic background, gender and origins; they will gather regularly and provide inputs to the Conference Plenary.

Till the end of the Conference, we have the possibility to propose the EUROPE THAT WE WANT !

ALDA will give you the opportunity to be part of the Conference, by raising your voice and the voices of citizens to make Europe the one we want.

The key topics to be addressed are :

  • Climate change and environment
  • Health
  • A stronger economy, social justice and jobs
  • The European Union stronger in the world
  • Values, rights, rule of law and security
  • Digital transformation
  • European democracy
  • Migration
  • Education, culture, youth and sport
  • Other ideas

 If you are a local authority:

 You can join ALDA and participate to our projects and be part of our Working groups, which are officially registered as consultations in the official website of the European Commission

 You can get in touch with ALDA for assistance with the registration to the official CoFoE Platform, organise an event, elaborate recommendations. We will help you to raise your voice. Tell us what you are interested in by filling-out this FORM or writing an email to alda@alda-europe.eu

 

Useful links:

Check out Local Authorities members of ALDA

Discover and Join ALDA General Assembly and the Working Groups

 If you are an association or a civil society group

You can join ALDA and participate to our projects and be part of our Working groups, which are officially registered as consultations in the official website of the European Commission

 You can get in touch with ALDA for assistance with the registration to the official CoFoE Platform, organise an event, elaborate recommendations. We will help you to raise your voice. Tell us what you are interested in by filling-out this FORM or writing an email to alda@alda-europe.eu

 

Useful links:

Check out Civil Society Organisations members of ALDA

Discover and Join ALDA General Assembly and the Working Groups

 If you are a citizen:

 You can be part of a consultation, present your proposal and engage in discussions on one or more of the key issues mentioned above. If you are interested in playing an active part in the consultation process set up by ALDA please fill-out this FORM and indicate your field(s) of interest.

For more information, write an email to alda@alda-europe.eu

ALDA, beside the Working Groups involving the members, is planning, in cooperation with the programme of the Committee of the Regions and the Bertelsmann Foundation, a series of consultations that will take place in the upcoming months and will be officially registered in the CoFoE Platform.

Moreover, ALDA is one of the Steering Committee members of the Civil Society Convention for the future of Europe which is represented with 5 seats at the Plenary of the Conference and which is gathering several times to collect ideas and suggestions of European Citizens, including your idea, as well!

ALDA is also organising series of events and consultations thanks to its networks and in particular with the European Movement International, the European Movement Italy, the European Movement France and the European Federalist Movement of Italy.

ALDA looks forward to the Conference on the Future of Europe, as a concrete occasion to restart, to improve and to strengthen Europe together with its citizens!